The Stats Breakdown: Preliminary Final vs Sydney Roosters

With the preliminary final against the 'Sydney' Roosters just days away, we've gone back to the drawing board to break down all the statistics you need to know before Saturday night's historic match.

 

Try as you might, you can't beat the Rabbitohs!

It's no surprise to see the Rabbitohs top the try-scoring charts for season 2018, with 104 tries scored so far, averaging four per match.

Our opponents the Roosters are in fifth place when it comes to scoring four-pointers, racking up 92 tries this season, twelve less than the leaders.

Winger Robert Jennings has topped the charts for the Red and Green with 19 tries in 20 matches, while Cody Walker (12) and Greg Inglis (10) have also reached double-digits.

 

Plenty of points to prove

With tries comes points, and again, the Cardinal and Myrtle lead the way with 623 points scored this season. It's the most points scored by any Rabbitohs side in history and the only side in the competition so far to post over 600.

Halfback Adam Reynolds has contributed 33% of the side's points with 207 to his name, scoring five tries, kicking 91 goals and landing five field goals.

As they say, the higher the score, the harder it is for your opponents to catch up. 

 

Marathon men

It seems like Forrest Gump has been a source of inspiration at Redfern, as the Rabbitohs have made the most running metres in the competition, with 41,793, averaging 1607 running metres per game, compared to the Roosters who rank fifth again...with 39,238.

Sam Burgess (148.3), Robert Jennings (133), Greg Inglis (129.4), Angus Crichton (127), John Sutton (117.4). Tom Burgess (116), Dane Gagai (114.7), Campbell Graham (113.9), Damien Cook (105) and George Burgess (103.5) all average over 100 metres per game.

That's ten of the starting thirteen!

 

Breaking them down

Once again the Rabbitohs reign supreme when it comes to Linebreaks, leading the competition with 131.

Averaging an impressive five Linebreaks per match, Souths outnumber their neighbours by a whopping 31 Linebreaks, with Cody Walker breaking the line 19 times this year, sitting at equal third in the competition.

Other proficient linebreakers in the side include Robert Jennings (16), Alex Johnston (15) and Damien Cook (9).

In terms of Linebreak Assists - you guessed it - the Rabbitohs are top of the pile with 92.

Averaging 3.5 Linebreak Assists per match, Souths just seem to know how to find burst their way through the defence.

Once again Cody Walker is the maestro when it comes to getting through the line, sitting second in the competition with 19 Linebreak Assists. He is joined by Alex Johnston (15), Dane Gagai (12), Adam Reynolds and Damien Cook (9) and Greg Inglis (8).

If there's a Bondi wall that needs tearing down, we've got the crew to do it!

 

Negative Plays

Surprisingly the Roosters rank as the biggest culprits when it comes to errors, with the most dropped ball in the competition with 280, averaging 11.2 per game. The Red and Green have been far better with the ball in hand with only 259 errors after playing one more match than their opponents.

However, our rivals have missed the second least amount of tackles, with 675, compared to the Rabbitohs' seventh most with 780. 

As the best-attacking side comes up against one of the best defensive sides in the competition, this match is shaping up as the battle between an unstoppable force and a near-immovable object.

With Allianz Stadium being torn down in the off-season, the Rabbitohs will be looking to speed up the process with a demolition of their own. 

 

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